MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact Review & Swatches

01/08

MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact

Medium Deep

MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact ($42.50 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that includes a bronzer, one blush, and two highlighters, all of which are in the Extra Dimension formula. Three of the four shades in the quad have been seen before, though this is the first time MAC has housed them in a quad format, which makes the price point a lot more palatable (they can get quite pricey as standalone purchases).

The key to working with this formula is understanding that they tend to be a bit denser, firmer, so they work better with a moderate hand and moderately dense brushes to pick up product evenly. The result is a powder that melts into the skin and never looks powdery or caked on. All four shades had good pigmentation, were blendable, and lasted between eight and nine hours; they had minor areas where they could have been improved (all noted in detail below).

The Extra Dimension formula is marketed as having 10-hour wear, and while these had good wear–eight to nine hours–they weren’t quite full 10-hour wear, but there was certainly some product left at the 10-hour mark.

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01/04

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer

Delphic

Delphic is a light-medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that blended out seamlessly. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense but not stiff, and had a more natural sheen that came through when the product was buffed onto my skin. This shade wore nicely for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Squalane, Ptfe, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

01/04

MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Cloudy Copper Extra Dimension Blush

Cloudy Copper

Cloudy Copper is a soft, golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. The finish seemed slightly more intense compared to most Extra Dimension shades, and I found it emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly.

This seemed to soften a bit after an hour of wear, though. The consistency was dense without being overly firm that it became stiff, so the powder was still easy enough to work with so long as I used a moderately dense brush to pick up product. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.22 oz. - $122.73 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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01/05

MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Snowflushed

Snowflushed has a peachy-brown base with warm, yellowish undertones paired with gold to pink shifting sparkle. This was a fairly sparkly finish, and the pink shift was noticeable when it was applied to my skin. The peach-brown base came through as a soft bronzer/blush on my cheeks, while the pink reflected from the higher points.

The texture was soft, smooth, and dense without being too firmly-pressed into the pan, so it managed not to be powdery but was still easy to apply and blend out on my cheeks. It lasted beautifully for eight and a half hours but had slight sparkle migration over time.

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.31 oz. - $106.45 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula is supposed to give “the perfect glow to the skin” with a “creamy powder formula” that wears for “10 hours.” It’s a powder highlighter that I’d describe as a moderate to intense highlighter, and they come in varying hues with some that might work as highlighting blushes/bronzers are on some skin tones and true highlighters on other skin tones. In general, the formula is very pigmented, blendable, and wears around eight to nine hours on me.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

01/04

MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Oh, Darling!

Oh, Darling! is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth consistency that was denser without being too firmly pressed into the pan–so no powderiness but it picked up well with a typical, tapered highlighting brush. The powder applied evenly to my skin and blended out with little effort, and the shimmer didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for nine hours before I noticed slight fading.

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.31 oz. - $106.45 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula is supposed to give “the perfect glow to the skin” with a “creamy powder formula” that wears for “10 hours.” It’s a powder highlighter that I’d describe as a moderate to intense highlighter, and they come in varying hues with some that might work as highlighting blushes/bronzers are on some skin tones and true highlighters on other skin tones. In general, the formula is very pigmented, blendable, and wears around eight to nine hours on me.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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These face shades are completely wrong for me, but your eye look is making me want that Huda Nude Light eye palette that I thought I was safe from buying.

This is stunning! Perfect for medium up through rich tones, too. I’m getting it even though I have the ribbon Snowflushed from last year. It’s too pretty to destroy, but stars aren’t!

The `they tend to be a bit denser, firmer, so they work better with a moderate hand and moderately dense brushes to pick up product evenly` is exactly what I like about MAC blush formula. 😀

These all seem to be in the same shade family. I’m in the medium olive skintone range and the other quad seemed more appealing to me with different colors.

Another fantastic face palette from MAC – really excellent quality. The only concern would be that there was not quite enough differentiation between the shades in that they all looked fairly similar to me.

I’m so glad that I bought two of these. Now one will stay pretty forever and my snowflushed from last year with the ribbon will stay pretty too!!! I was starting to worry about the design going away because I love that highlighter so much, and now I have one I can use all the time with no worries 😆😁

I am not a bronzer and highlighter person and I’m living fine with the few compacts and palettes I have in this area, but I am so pleased to see a MAC product receiving an “A” and the little stars are SOOOOOooo appealing! That said, I’l avoid it and who knows, maybe one day I’ll see it on sale or receive it as a gift. (I can hope!)

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